Apparently this is a somewhat common issue that Spotify has refused to address for the last year or so? I'll pause a podcast after my commute only to find that the progress is completely lost when I return to the app to start it up again. This basically defeats the purpose of even having podcasts on Spotify. I recently made the switch from apple's podcast app and it looks like I'll be going back if this issue persists. I'm even tempted to cancel my plan altogether based solely on the apparent lack of support/acknowledgement regarding this issue.
Can confirm, not just an X problem, or even just a podcast problem. I’m all the way back on the SE and having this problem with both podcasts and albums/playlists. Sometimes it’s if I pause for a long period of time, sometimes it does it even if I just pause long enough to go through the drive through, it will completely start the album, playlist, or podcast over